We had the good fortune of connecting with Jimena Muhlia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jimena, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Since I was little I had an approach to art through dance and theater, at some point I decided to focus on my architecture career both in finishing university and in advancing in the office where I worked. At some point in my mid-twenties I realized that I was not developing something personal, and I thought a lot about the turn my life should take. So I did it. Currently I am mainly dedicated to writing, filmmaking and editing, but constant photographic experimentation and abstract painting is also part of my personal development, which comes from my training in architecture where you must connect your ideas with sketches that your hand draws. Let’s say that I am in a constant trans-disciplinary evolution where I try to mix my knowledge as much as I can because that is the way in which I find my emotional stability.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I currently have a short film that is having its run at festivals, it is called “Lily <3” and it was filmed in San Diego California. We premiered it worldwide at the FICM (Morelia, Mexico), one of the most important film festivals in Mexico, where I am originally from. In the United States, it will be presented very soon at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, you can see the link here: https://chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/films/ It seems easy just to share the links of what you present now in the world but it has been a very long road and difficult decisions, such as believing that it would be easy to start film school at 30, or to leave my stable job in architecture, or move to Los Angeles and start many things again now in another language, or convince yourself that the goal is never reached, that you are always on the road. I keep learning and now I am discovering a field that I love but had not touched much before, abstract painting, poetry and experimental cinema. You can see something from this stage in these links: https://www.instagram.com/a.z.a.r.o.s.a/ https://www.instagram.com/ji_me_nea/ https://jimenamuhlia.com/portfolio/sketches/ https://jimenamuhlia.com/portfolio/green-fire-2019/ However, I clarify that I do this while I get clients to continue doing my film editing work and collaborate with various artists from dancers, musicians or writers in their video and film projects. Also shooting video clips for bands, keep the eye on my social media. Adding to this story that never ends, I also make a constant effort to make my first full-length film alongside the producer Pamela Torres from Pierrot films, with whom we are developing the production portfolio and seeking investment in both Mexico and the United States. and Europe.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Actually I have a very good friend visiting soon and I will take her to a road trip in Los Angeles soo early in the morning so I can show her the landscapes that you only can see through a car. We also want to visit one of many hike paths that surrounds our city, and probably at the end we will enjoy some happy hour near to the beach, cause I live near to the beach, other way it would be another fascinating place in East LA. I think this options are trying to avoid a lot of people, cause COVID that still it’s around, sadly. At another time I would love to visit the art district and galleries that fill the city from east to west.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Scientist Agustín Muhlia Velazquez Colleague in the simplicity of life, Alicia Montero Architect Leonardo Zeevaert Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica Stephen Franklin, the best partner in crime. Spiritual supporter Elizabeth Hillbruner y Carrie Beemer Team player Pamela Torres
Portraits: 1. Inside a car and 2. Over a car: Andrea González Mereles 3. Me with hat and 4. On the floor with hat: Soledad Violeta Carbajal Papadimitriou 5. y 6. Photo of Promotion “Lily <3” Short film: J. Daniel Zúñiga Sánchez 7. y 8. Drawings: Jimena Muhlia